Wednesday 22 November 2017

People: TV Now is the hour for Brian

Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem
Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem

There are many things we can call Brian McFadden - and 'brave' is definitely one of them.

The former Westlife star has chosen to showcase his new work in front of the country's showbiz elite at the glitzy TV Now Awards at the Mansion House on Saturday night.

Brian will be providing 'entertainment' (and I use the word loosely) for the party which will include a host of Irish and British TV stars and his popstar girlfriend Delta Goodrem.

Just to confirm that the Like Only A Woman Can singer can actually sing, a spokeswoman told People yesterday: "Brian will be performing live on the night. He has been very busy promoting his new single and is really looking forward to the gig."

Brian needn't worry too much, though, as all eyes will be on the slew of ladies that are attending, such as cast members of top soaps Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Eastenders and Hollyoaks.

Keeping up appearances on the Irish side will be Kathryn Thomas who is donning a Ciaran Sweeney creation, whilst Lucy Kennedy has opted for a polka dot dress from hip Dublin boutique Lara.

Meanwhile, two-time TV Now Awards nominee Caroline Morahan may be keeping tight-lipped over her choice of outfit for the event but she will be modelling for a new boutique in Galway today.

The Off The Rails presenter is launching 'Demora' on Cross St, which is run by fashion lover (but no relation) Deirdre Morahan, and boasts labels such as Nanette Lepore, Sara Berman and Poleci.

Cold(play) as the grave

Irish rockers Ash are fast becoming my favourite band. The Northern Irish trio have revealed that they 'gruesomely' killed off Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in a movie.

Unfortunately fans will never get to see Martin 'murdered', because the band failed to complete the project. Singer Tim Wheeler revealed: "We started a slasher film, but never finished it. We managed to coerce loads of people into being in it - we've got a great scene of Chris Martin being murdered."

Meanwhile, fellow Northerner Van Morrison is to release yet another compilation album (not that I'm complaining) featuring unreleased collaborations with the likes of Tom Jones.

Compiled by the Belfast legend himself, two CDs will feature 31 tracks from the later part of a career which has spanned over 40 years.

Fans will be treated to duets with John Lee Hooker, BB King, The Chieftains and Ray Charles, to name but a few.

Rolling out the Redknapps

She was last seen starving herself to highlight the dangers of size zero, now back to her fuller size 8 figure, Louise Redknapp is jetting into Ireland with her footie husband next week.

The former Eternal singer and footballer-turned-Sky Sports pundit Jamie will be in Dublin for a stylish soiree to launch phase two of Belmayne.

Property developers LM Developments and Stanley Holdings are hosting the event on Monday for Dublin's "most stylish new suburb on the northside".

Donal Caulfield, Director, LM Developments will showcase the unique architectural and design concepts that define Belmayne and guests will be treated to view the extensive grounds in a fleet of Bentleys, Phantoms, Hummers and Aston Martins.

Invited guests - among them, Rosanna Davison, Glenda Gilson, Louise Osbourne, Katy French and Lisa Murphy - will have to get their maps out and make a once-in-a-blue-moon trip to the northside of the city.

Miss Ireland Sarah Morrissey and Fair City's Rachel Kavanagh may be able to give them directions to the party in the developers new state-of-the-art information centre cum marketing suite where they will be entertained on the night by the Camenbert Quartet and 2FM DJ Mo Black.

While on the northside, I would encourage all art enthusiasts to visit the Emerging Artists exhibition presenting new work by abstract artist Ken Browne.

Ireland's answer to Jackson Pollack is showing a collection of paintings as influenced by the music of Estonian composer Arvo Part in Cafe Culture, 1 Whitworth Road, Drumcondra which is running until May 7.

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